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Junior Paleontologists: Digging Into Dinosaurs With My American Girl Doll (Art + Science)

Bring your 18-inch doll (AG, My Life As, Our Generation, etc) on this exciting Mesozoic adventure. We will learn about dinos, dig fossils, make prehistoric crafts, discover famous paleontologists like Mary Anning, and more. (doll not required)
Alexandra McCarty - STEM - Art - Dinosaurs & More
593 total reviews for this teacher
New class
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times


Sat, Jan 14, 2023

Jan 14 – Feb 4, 2023 (4 weeks)
7:00 – 7:55 AM
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Class Experience

Students will learn through imaginative storytelling and hands-on activities.  We will explore the Mesozoic Era, including the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.  Students will learn about the important scientific contributions of female paleontologists who were once overlooked based on their gender.  Students will practice scientific observation and will record their findings through creative, hands-on projects, drawings, crafts and more.  Students will practice handcrafting skills, papercraft skills, and will follow directions and use their imaginations to solve creative problems and design their own solutions with the available supplies.  Students will engage in meaningful but fun conversations about the science, nature, paleontology, and history.
I'm so excited to share my love of dinosaurs, and embark on this exciting adventure with you!  I've been teaching STEAM through fun, engaging topics like these to preschool through middle school for 6 years through an independent STEAM education company, and I'm really looking forward to connecting with new students here on Outschool.  Not only will we be learning about dinosaurs, fossils, paleontologists and more--but we'll also get to use our imaginations and include our favorite 18-inch dolls in the fun!
Additional enrichment may be provided between classes.  Students may also continue working on projects that were not fully completed in class.  Homework is always encouraged but never required.  Students may share any outside projects in the classroom posts or at the beginning of each live meeting.
(optional but recommended) 18-inch doll such as American Girl doll, My Life As, Journey Girl, Our Generation, etc Access to a printer Paper Construction Paper in a variety of colors Clay, Sculpy or play dough (gluten-free if needed) Air dry clay Coloring supplies Pencil Thin black marker or gel pen for drawing Scissors Moon dough/ moon sand/ kinetic sand (a recipe will be provided in-class in case you want to make your own) small plastic dinosaurs (assorted)--I will provide suggestions upon request Cardboard Paper bags (grocery style) Glue Glue stick Clear tape Stapler with staples (adult assistance may be required)
No formal assessment.  Student feedback is available upon request.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Some projects may require cutting with scissors or other basic construction.  Adult supervision or assistance may be required at the discretion of the parent, based on the individual student's capabilities and limitations. All creative projects will be age-appropriate in their nature and difficulty.
Allergy Note: Playdough may contain wheat, which could cause an allergic reaction if ingested in those sensitive to wheat gluten or with Celiac disease.  I am happy to provide a recipe for gluten-free playdough upon request, or suggest alternative supplies. 


Alexandra McCarty - STEM - Art - Dinosaurs & More
Lives in the United States
STEAM Teacher, homeschooling mama, indie artist, and maker of messes (the good kind!)
593 total reviews
257 completed classes

About Me

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I've been a STEAM educator for 8 years, as well as a homeschool parent, teacher, and advisor for nearly a decade.  I use... 
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